Using Sign Language Interpreters

The diverse and talented group of job seekers includes applicants who may bring a sign language interpreter to their interview. We offer the following suggestions to help make such an interview more productive for all participants.

  • Establish a collegial atmosphere by introducing yourself to both the applicant and the interpreter.

  • Give both the applicant and the interpreter sufficient time to position themselves comfortably. The interpreter should be clearly visible to the applicant and ideally is near the interviewer.

  • Once the interview begins, focus on the applicant. You do not need to look at the interpreter.

  • Speak clearly and distinctly, but do not shout. Use regular speed unless asked to slow down by the applicant or interpreter.

Prepared by the MLA Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession
September 2003